Saint Louis Zoo Association
There's more to the Zoo's beginning than the 1904 World's Fair Flight Cage. The Zoo's beginning was made official with the formation of the Zoological Society of St. Louis in 1910.
Since its inception in 1910, the Zoo has been renowned for its beautiful naturalistic exhibits and for its diverse collection of animals from the major continents and biomes of the world. It is widely recognized for its innovative approaches to animal management, wildlife conservation, research and education.
Through the Zoo’s WildCare Institute, the Zoo focuses on wildlife management and recovery, conservation science, and support of the human populations that coexist with wildlife in 12 conservation hotspots around the globe, including three in Missouri.
The mission of the Saint Louis Zoo is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public.
Located on 90 acres in Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo is home to more than 600* species of animals, many of them rare and endangered. It is one of the few free zoos in the nation and was voted America's top free attraction in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. The Zoo annually attracts 3 million visitors, who can see more than 16,000* wild animals—not including the thousands of leafcutter ants and butterflies at the Zoo.See more